Halo ExciteD review£210.00

Great looking wheels with good price-to-weight ratio

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The ExciteD wheels are a conventional 32-spoke build, with lightweight hubs giving a decent weight for the price. It also makes them easy to rebuild if necessary.

Stiffness suffers from the skinny spokes, with noticeable ping and ?ex when you clip rocks or crank into corners. We also managed to bend the rear wheel more easily than we expected on one of our test sections.

The six-pawl Six Drive freehub picks up swiftly and securely though, and five bearings in the rear hub spread load well for a long and happy life. Be careful what cassettes you use because single cog sets (rather than spider mounted ones) can scar the alloy body.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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